Latest movies: Fast & Furious 8, The Sense of an Ending, The Hatton Garden Job, The Handmaiden

Hot rods, old flames and OAP robbers

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FAST & FURIOUS 8 ★★★★

He’ll be turning 50 this year but Vin Diesel shows no signs of slowing down in the franchise that just runs and runs. He’s joined by Charlize Theron as the woman who steers him off-track and critics are getting carried away, too, thanks to a boot-load of impressive stunts and a self-effacing sense of humour. Of course this won’t convert anyone who isn’t already a petrol-head, but if you’re always wishing they’d cut to the chase, this one’s for you.

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THE SENSE OF AN ENDING ★★★

If fast cars aren’t your thing and slow-burning character studies are, then you’ll want to catch Jim Broadbent in an acclaimed turn as a man raking over his romantic past. Charlotte Rampling is the one who got away – or did he push her? Emily Mortimer and Michelle Dockery round out the cast in this adaptation of Julian Barnes’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel.


THE HATTON GARDEN JOB ★★★

You know the story, but this is the first film to reconstruct the 2015 robbery in London’s jewellery district. Scotland Yard are still on the hunt for one of the leading gang members, dubbed Basil, a role taken on by Matthew Goode. But the fascination surely surrounds his older cohorts played by the likes of Phil Daniels, Larry Lamb and Michael Caine – no, sorry, not Michael Caine. We’re getting this one mixed up with last week’s Going in Style…

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THE HANDMAIDEN ★★★★

From Korean director Park Chan-wook (best known for Oldboy and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance) comes a leftfield adaptation of Sarah Waters’s Victorian Era novel Fingersmith. The setting in Japanese-occupied Korea will evoke Memoirs of a Geisha but don’t expect the same sense of decorum. Kimonos are throw off with abandon along with standards of taste and decency.


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